* Posts by daveak

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

daveak

Re: So?

It was a Tory who took the case to the court, one of the few who voted against it in parliament as well.

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Flash HOLED AGAIN TWICE below waterline in fresh Hacking Team reveals

daveak

Why is the BBC still using flash when their own accessibility guidelines state they should use an alternative where possible? "But it isn't possible". "So why does changing my user agent to an iPad one suddenly make all the BBC website videos playable then?"

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

daveak

Re: Improved or alternative version

While your suggestion of shocks is obviously absurd the concept itself isn't as it is pretty much what the Apple Watch (Cue down votes, other smart watches are available) does for routing, a different pattern of vibration of turn left and turn right.

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Install OS X El Capitan update – or your apps may do an Ellen Pao

daveak

XCode will run...

Run the XCode executable from the command line and it runs just fine

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

daveak
Coat

Re: Why do you keep using the phrase "training course"?

I went for a course in electroconvulsive therapy. I was disappointed in the quality of the teaching. It was down right shocking.

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daveak
Headmaster

Re: Why do you keep using the phrase "training course"?

Never heard of a bus station I see.

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

daveak

Re: Fate

Given highway code part 163, how do you overtake on the wrong side of the road? The only valid answer, is to be on the same side of the road as the traffic you are overtaking. Was the cyclist behaviour careless and being 6 wide in breach of the highway code? Yes, was it dangerous? Not if you use the driving definitions of careless and dangerous which seem to include careless as killing a cyclist and just continuing on the road ignoring what you have just done with the cyclist on your bonnet for a few hundred yards.

What is the definition of the "wrong side of a roundabout" ? Were they heading round in the wrong direction? If so you have a valid and very serious point, if not then what on earth are you trying to describe? Again the highway code states that drivers should be aware of cyclists or horse riders sticking to the outside lane of a roundabout regardless of which exit they intend to take.

Congratulations, you have shown yourself to be a typical incompentant selfish driver.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

daveak

Re: France...

You are right, under Swedish law he is not guilty of rape, and the charges were dropped which led to his leaving Sweden in the first place. Therefore legally there should now not be a case against him (ignoring his breach of bale in the UK). However to claim it was resurrected by so called feminazis just shows you up for the sort of person you are. The statements that are in the public domain are that the woman agreed to sex on the basis that a condom was used. It is stated he did not use one, therefore the terms of the consent were breached. With that breach there was no consent, hence rape was committed, from an ethical standpoint, if not legal on a bass of Swedish law. The charge being brought against him, from a legal perspective, is purely political motivated.

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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

daveak

A&A provide IPv6

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

daveak

Re: Force connection?

So "Force" means, under specific device configurations, where the user has connected to specifically named networks in the past and not removed them then their device will attempt to connect. Ok, now I understand.

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daveak
Paris Hilton

Force connection?

I may have missed it in the PDF, but how exactly do you force a device to connect a network?

From the researcher's blog:

"Users should disconnect from the bad Wi-Fi network or change their location in case they experience continuous crashing or rebooting."

So once out of range I can remove the network from my list of known networks and I will no longer have the problem...

"In general, users should avoid connecting to any suspicious “FREE” Wi-Fi network."

So unless I connect to the network I will not have a problem....

How are they going to force the connection to be able to exploit the bug?

Paris, because I'm as confused as she is.

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UK chip champ ARM flexes muscle: Shows strong profit and sales

daveak
Headmaster

Re: Good or Bad?

Yes, if only they would "Invest" in ARM. It is such a shame Apple didn't think about investing in ARM back in 1990......

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

daveak

Amazon do use DPD, at least they always have done for most of my prime deliveries, the last one of which was last week.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

daveak
FAIL

Re: Won't happen - imagine no subsidy for your iphone

Yes, because you would never have to pay off your contract, or keep paying for the duration of the contract to pay back that €400 "subsidy" + a penalty charge would you. The phone is (most likely) not subsidised in the first place, it is more like hire purchase. There are some O2 contracts whereby you are paying £100 more for the device than Apple sell it for, on top of the phone contract.

No one would buy iPhones paying the full price up front? Funny, they seem to manage to sell quite a few from their own stores / website without any tie to a carrier.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

daveak

Good cables are better

Which is why I prefer a nice Thunderbolt cable to pass my DisplayPort signal over. Faster and kinder on the old CPU. Yes we've heard that before with USB / Firewire and chose the crap option, do we have to make the same mistake yet again?

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Why Apple had to craft a pocket-busting 5.5in Plus-sized iPhone 6 (thank LG, Samsung etc)

daveak
Coat

Re: I think the Swiss are safe...

A plastic egg? That's a bit harsh. You could have been a bit kinder

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

daveak

Re: re : James 51

One is illegal, the other isn't. Pedestrians have priority on any road, other than a motorway and are not controlled by traffic (key is in the word) lights or signs.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

daveak
Coat

Re: Good that Google didn't illegally map all private Wifi access points in the EU.

Apple tried to, but their cars kept ending up on runways and in the middle of the outback.

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

daveak

The S4 and S5 are considered high end phones. Get a high end laptop and you can have that resolution and more. Stop looking at the PC World deal of the week laptops.

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Dashboard Siri! Take me to the airport! NO, NOT the RUNWAY! Argh!

daveak
Trollface

Strange choice of name indeed

As would I, after all airplay must also come from Google. Thank goodness, without them I would be able to mirror displays, stream video, stream audio, play dual screen ios games.

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Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

daveak
Coat

Re: Diamond displays

Now that is cutting edge technology

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

daveak
Headmaster

Not reboots as such

The white (or black) screens of death occurring with ios7 are probably not actually reboots. They appear to be springboard crashing (the thing that shows you your icons). If it was the phone crashing then a 5S would request a passcode before the fingerprint reader could be used. It does not request this suggesting that the phone did not reboot.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

daveak

The real reason

Unless it dramatically improved from when it first appeared in the App Store the reason for pulling it is that it was worse than Apple Maps. It was truly horrendous and slower than a very slow thing.

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iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

daveak

Obligatory: http://xkcd.com/605/

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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

daveak

I don't think OSX server is required. Configurator is a separate app in the Mac App Store, and as I've got it installed I'm guessing free as there is no way I would have bought it as I have no need for it.

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Our irony meter exploded: Apple moans ebook price-fixing watchdog is too EXPENSIVE

daveak
Headmaster

Re: Monopoly Power

When it comes to books, the whole subject of this case, the walled garden has several wide open archways leading in. Nothing stops you opening any ePub book in iBooks, or using one of the multiple other ebook reader apps, including Kindle.

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Which Who to view? Pick one from two: Doctor Who twin trailers hit the interwebs

daveak

Re: Big Spoiler: They revealed the means

Not really. "The Moment" was already referenced in "The End of Time" by Rassillon so nothing given away at all. Apparently there is more background in some of the comics.

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

daveak
Headmaster

Re: More efficient than the BBC then

Unless that stream is live from sources like iPlayer

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Brace yourselves, telcos: Ofcom triples cost of 2G spectrum holdings

daveak

Re: 2G shutdown

3 have been turning off the fallback where they think their network has good enough coverage, might have even done this everywhere now.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

daveak

Re: Ethernet

USB? Most sensible people would use a thunderbolt adapter and get gigabit Ethernet.

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Microsoft dev tools to add Linux-style source code versioning

daveak

Re: VS2012

The trial version works quite happily under Windows 7.

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Japanese cops cuff cat carrying remote control virus

daveak
Coat

Re: "... police initially went on a wild goose chase .."

Someone told them to take a gander

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

daveak
Headmaster

Farscape was Australian

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'That new Google button was our idea', claims lawsuit

daveak
Joke

Re: That new Google button was our idea

Windows 7 was my idea. You mean I can't sue Microsoft for £640K ?

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'Don't break the internet': How an idiot's slogan stole your privacy...

daveak

Re: lets be honest

Copyright on an SMS? Probably not as they are too short, and there is no real creative act taking place. Email would probably depend again on the length / creativity in it. (IANAL)

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UK government says no to turbo e-bike

daveak

Re: "I used to regularly set off the SLOW DOWN- 30MPH sign...."

On the off chance you aren't just joking might I suggest you try learning about the law. Speed limits apply to motor vehicles. Bicycles do not, last time I heard, fall into this category.

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Council to chuck £28m wad at schools' ICT supplier

daveak
FAIL

Who ate all the pis

28M would get you a lot of raspberry pis but instead let's buy "workstations" that won't actually be used for anything a pi couldn't be.

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Warp drives are PLANET KILLERS, Sydney Uni students find

daveak
Headmaster

Re: So...

Hand in the keys to your Cobra Mk III . Elite uses hyperspace, not warp drive.

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Child abuse files stolen from council worker in PUB - £100k fine

daveak
Mushroom

Wrong fine, wrong target

The fines should have been the maximum £500,000 and been direct at the individuals involved, not the council. Only when this starts happening will people start treating sensitive information correctly, until then, they just won't care.

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Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

daveak

No no no no no. Dumb terminals are called cloud devices these days.

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Apple's iPad not so shiny once you get it home

daveak

Surely the problem isn't so much another SIM, but that it isn't hooked into the same contract you already have so that it just uses up the same data allowance. Any network that did this would have quite a bit of interest I suspect.

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Nazi Star Trek episode finally broadcast in Germany

daveak

When first shown on the BBC the line was edited out. It has subsequently been aired unedited, although I'm not sure which channel that was on.

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Samsung Android 4.0 smartphone priced for Blighty

daveak
Headmaster

Stuck using EDGE instead of GPRS? Stuck using EDGE instead of 3G I'll give you, but EDGE is better than GPRS.

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iPhone 4S pay-monthly tariffs compared

daveak

Asking about coverage isn't much use as it will depend where in the country you are. Rounds these parts O2 is as good as a chocolate teapot lacking 3G, and even Edge anywhere away from cities. With 3 on the other hand I get a 3G connection, or the very occasional fallback onto Orange 2G, everywhere I got a 2G with O2.

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Lulz warns NHS of sick security

daveak

Feasting

It's a reference to a girl who needs a bone marrow transplant.

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Apple thinks Intel is fab?

daveak

nVidia? Why?

Apple have an ARM license, Intel probably have one as well. I may be mistaken but weren't they involved in StrongARM at some point?

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Three adds iPhone 4 to unlimited data package

daveak

Perfect combo

Which will also give you a map of the other operator black spots. Three seem to gave the best coverage in my experience.

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360 Browser

daveak
Jobs Halo

a title

Apple do not supply 100% refund from the developers account. The contract allows them to do this but I don't think there is a single case where they have done so, only the 70%. The rules are unknown though. The standard iTunes agreement states no refunds so the only ones that apply will be legally required, or if you can make a good sob story. You didn't like what you bought? Tough luck. That is the way it should be. There is no way for them to erase the app your purchased and stop you from reinstalling it from a backup so you could easily claim a refund, and then keep and use the app. The big flaw with the marketplace method.

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AT&T ends illicit freetard handset tethering

daveak

You signed the contract, the contract doesn't forbid it.

The thing with O2 is, or at least was, that there is nothing in the contract that states you cannot tether. There is a section that states you cannot put your sim in a modem (no tethering is not the same as this, your sim is not being placed in another device which is what the clause is discussing) but that is not being done. Therefore if you can get your phone to tether without paying O2 extra then they have no case against you, you are not in breach of contract.

The best AT&T can legally do in my non lawyer opinion is terminate the contract with the appropriate notice period if they expressly forbid tethering in the contract. If not they have no leg to stand on. Either way they also have no basis for automatically charging for a service that was not agreed to by the customer.

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daveak

Problem? Maybe.

The data is still coming from the device in question though. There is a limit to how much data can be transferred over the connection no matter how many devices are tethered. If the customer is paying for x GB then it shouldn't matter how they use it. If the contract states you cannot tether then fair enough. If it doesn't it is AT&Ts problem, not the customers. O2 have pulled the same whine over here. Their contracts do not forbid tethering. Are AT&Ts the same?

As to your ISP analogy, my ISP does expressly state how you can share your connection. It can be shared with anyone in your household, but not outside that. Explicitly stated in the contract.

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